Donald McGill Archive & Museum

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Donald McGill Archive & Museum

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Our museum pays homage to Donald McGill, who spent his life creating comic artworks for the then thriving postcard industry. Donald created over 12,000 postcards from 1904 till his death in 1962.You will find that Donald's Cards will depict anything and everyone, his watchful eye never missed a humorous situation as he witnessed the years as they rolled through the 20th century.
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Colin B
Aylesbury, UK49 contributions
What a museum! If I am going to drop down dead on the spot I would like to die laughing here. Donald McGill in my opinion is a genius and there are so many of his saucy postcards on display to enjoy and laugh at. That he was prosecuted for for obscenity in the 1950's is both laughable and farcical. The museum also has copious archive material about Ryde and it is such a shame that this jewel is tucked away, albeit off a main road. If visiting Ryde miss at your peril!
Written June 26, 2022
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Richard P
Derby, UK3 contributions
A real eye opener. You'll be amazed at the thousands of postcards on display. If you like a good laugh and a titter, then you'll love this place. Tucked away at the back of the Royal Victoria Arcade on Union Street. Well worth the admission fee and there's also the museum of Ryde which shows anything and everything about the place.
Written July 24, 2022
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Lynne S
Sandown, UK90 contributions
This lovely little museum is in the basement of the arcade. It is surprisingly spacious, with so many rooms and areas, themed with a variety of topics. The ice room is a super find, as is the Donald McGill museum with the infamous "saucy" postcards! The volunteer who greeted us was very friendly and interesting.
Well worth a visit!
Written September 11, 2021
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david p
portland uk290 contributions
Couples
We visited this museum whilst on the Island for a few days. We picked up a flyer in the hotel we were staying at and it looked v interesting. The Post Code on the flyer took us to the rear of the arcade were the museum is located - underground. There is a chair life in situ to assist patrons who would find the stairs difficult. Entrance fees are v reasonable but no reduction for seniors.
To view the exhibit in full several hours would be needed.
The only downside is the actual location of the museum - underground which is damp and musty. This exhibition should be located in a more prominent position so that many more can visit and appreciate the quality and humour of the artist.
Well worth a visit
Written June 6, 2019
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Stewart C
Chatham, UK926 contributions
Friends
We visited the Donald McGill Archive & Museum during a recent visit to Ryde to view the large selection of old seaside postcards available here. The Museum is located in the Royal Victoria Arcade about half way up Union Street, which is fairly steep and if accessing this from the Esplanade area on foot will entail a fair climb. There are some pay & display car parks nearby (we parked in St Thomas Street), though there appeared to be restricted street parking in Union Street itself. Ryde Esplanade railway and bus stations are located a short walk away.
Once inside the Royal Victoria Arcade, the museum is located towards the rear and down a short flight of stairs, though we noticed that a chair lift was also provided if stairs are a problem. There was a small entrance fee (£3), to gain admission and as well as the museum, this also gave access to an additional exhibition of Ryde’s heritage.
On entry, the visitor is confronted literally by a wall to wall (and ceiling), collection of traditional English ‘saucy’ seaside post cards sorted into different subject matters. There is also some written information on the post cards available and it seems surprising to discover that some of these postcards were perceived as ‘obscene’ by the authorities at the time, and were subject to police raids and mass confiscations! There is an audible soundtrack ‘loop’ played in the background and I remember the ‘Pathe news’ theme and ‘I do like to be beside the seaside’ sounding in the room adding to the overall atmosphere. The room is not large but contains much to see including the front and back halves of a van and a humorous weighing machine.
I enjoyed looking at the postcard collection, though I did not read every one of them, and being old enough to remember these being widely available at seaside towns in my youth, found it a fascinating way of passing some time. The people staffing the museum are friendly and happy to discuss any elements of what you can see and obviously take a pride in their subject. There is a small shop where visitors can purchase not only a selection of the post cards but also other souvenirs such as mugs and playing cards which also feature examples from the collection.
The second room included a collection of old documents, movies and items belonging to Ryde’s past and having an interest in old forms of transport , I found the references to the hovercrafts, trains and trams particularly informative.
All in all, worth a visit if you fancy a bit of quirky seaside nostalgia when in the Ryde area.
Written May 30, 2015
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James F
152 contributions
Family
Arrived at the entrance to see a stair lift son went down and a lovely gentleman came up and helped my wife down. This was beyond any help I have ever received. The staff all volunteers we really friendly and knowledgeable. The post cards were amazing but all the local memorabilia was great to see so much well worth a visit
Written August 10, 2019
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Mr F
Canterbury, UK95 contributions
Couples
This is a small museum ran by enthusiastic locals.
The Donald McGill post cards were fun and a step back into the British tongue in cheek humour. The other exhibitions on the local area were very interesting.
The ice well was worth a visit.
No concessions for disabled which is a shame as a lot of the cards are on the ceiling and low down which would be missed if you are disabled.
Written August 9, 2019
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Lampwicke
High Peak64 contributions
Solo
This is a great place to look back into the past. I discovered the Arcade by chance and found this museum. There are all sorts of items from the past which I enjoyed perusing. Worth a visit.
Written September 4, 2017
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Miriam J
Nottingham, UK24 contributions
Friends
We stumbled across this combined museum at the bottom of a lovely arcade off Union Street having always wondered about the dusty old shop on the promenade saying it had been raide back in 1953 because of tge Donald McGill postcards.
The museum, run by volunteers is excellent and kept us amused for an hour or so. They have original McGill postcards for sale - how brilliant is that! Just couldn't decide which ones to buy so I intend to go back to decide.
Written August 7, 2016
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Ian4
Preston, UK238 contributions
Couples
It is quite amazing how times have changed. What was considered obscene in the 1950s and earlier would not even raise an eyebrow today. The are hundreds of original postcard on display and some of the original print runs are still available for purchase - the only thing that's changed is the unit price which seems to have streaked ahead of inflation, but who cares. Great fun, and Mrs Ramsbottom really does have four nice marrows.
Written October 15, 2015
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